The Harlequin (Taxila haquinus haquinus)
The upperside of the female Harlequin (top shot) and hte male Harlequin (bottom shot)
Further Reading :
It started with an innocuous request for an ID of a skipper that NParks Senior Biodiversity Officer Serene Chng of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) of NParks emailed to me. Her colleague, Jun-Yan's shot of a rather pristine specimen of this skipper, did not match the any pictures of the extant butterfly species in the Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore.
A comparison of Jun-Yan's shot with a typical Common Dartlet shot
With Jun-Yan's latest shot of a pristine specimen in a nature reserve, Species #297, the Malay Dartlet, which is new to Singapore, is added to the Checklist. The genus Oriens is now represented by two species in Singapore's butterfly fauna.